Understanding the Rise of China is Science and MathematicsPublished November 13, 2018
To expand upon my previous post I would like to call my readers’ attention to another important book documenting the birth of mathematics in China. The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Arts: Companion and Commentary by Shen Kangshen, John N. Crossley, and Anthony W. C. Lun (Oxford University Press: 2000) is the first English translation of this Chinese classic.
China just announced a few weeks ago their first of fifty projected new Westinghouse AP-1000 nuclear power reactors has gone online. They also recently unveiled the fastest supercomputer on the planet and are pursuing cutting-edge research into artificial intelligence. They are also building the world’s largest radio telescope and a new massive neutrino detector. Their newest generation Long March rocket will be larger than the Saturn V and is intended to enable them to establish a permanent manned base at the moon’s north pole. These accomplishments are grounded upon a fundamental focus upon science and technology as the keys to transforming China into a dynamic modern first world power. I congratulate them on the rapid pace of their recent successes. When it comes to STEM education there is much we can learn from them.